My pen holding position…

Will it affect my Gregg? I’ve gotten used to a very unusual way of holding a pen (All my fingers form a beak-like figure. The tips of my fingers then hold the pen). Whenever I try the ‘normal’ position, my hand gets all tense and it feels awkward(Very awkward).

Any help?

(by zekiel1999 for everyone)

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    I thought all this group's members had been murdered by some evil speedwriting corporation assasin. No other logical reason why no one was posting.

    In regards to the question I have no clue. I guess it can't do any harm to continue your unique technique. You can always change later on — its not like your hand will be permanently transfixed in that position.

  2. Hi zEkiel1999   As long as you can read your shorthand outlines, I wouldn't worry how you hold you pen.   Think of all those poor left-handed writers, who have to contort their hands, or work very hard at not contorting their hands to get the right configuration.   Welcome back!   sidhe

  3. The only thing I remember about holding a pen is keeping your finger loose so they don't tense up if you write over a long period of time.  I do that and I think that has helped my hand and fingers avoid any pain or discomfort from writing.   If it works for you, that's fine. Debbi

  4. "Like a beak"?!! OUCH!

    What happened to NO PEN PINCHING!

    One of the texts (Chuck, help me here, I think it was an Anniversary College Speed Building text) shows a bandaged finger so the writer could NOT pinch the pen.

    Despite all that, I still pinch the pen. O:-)


  5. Yes, I believe it was in the Gregg Speed Building for Colleges book that they showed the picture with the bandaged finger.

    I still think no pen pinching should be the goal in writing, but again, whatever works in dictation it's OK with me.

  6. Working with the OT for my son, they used to insist on one way, and totally give up on anyone who refused. She did all sorts of hand muscle tests, including manipulating things behind his back, before even giving him a pencil.

    There now are a couple of accepted ways. The main thing is a grip that works for you, and allows your fingers to move the pen in all directions without cramping. Several images around the internet.

  7. The old penmanship teacher (as in Palmer, Zaner-Bloser, Spencer, etc.) had very firm ideas about how the pen should be held, the position of the arm and hand, and where actual movement of the pen should be controlled.  Zaner-Bloser emphasized "arm muscle movement" and was strictly against any muscular movement in the hand.  The pen/pencil was supposed to be held lightly by the thumb and index finger, resting on the middle finger, with the hand resting on the little finger side. The hand then was to be passive, and all movement occurred with the whole arm from the shoulder.   So there's the theory–Zaner-Bloser even used to market little metal devices that held the hand and pen in the "proper" position.    But in reality that never worked, except possibly for some of the old-time "master penmen" and of course trained penmanship teachers.  Pen hold and movement are highly idiosyncratic, and people figure out their own strategies for holding the pen and moving it across the page.    Write however is comfortable and natural for you and your own hand.  Everyone's anatomy and neuromuscular structure is a little different–there's no "one size fits all" here.   Alex

  8. Large muscle movement is still considered important, just not the "be all and end all". All the joints need to contribute. Son had to write on a blackboard, letters about 12" high, and then with his index finger in tray of shaving foam about 4" high, to break the "fingers only" habit, in addition to a grip that gave good flexibility.

    I found pen grips did more harm than good. He insisted on using a spongy one, which tightened his grip. The other one wasn't sized right for his hand. All very frustrating. I wish he'd use my 0.3mm pencil for practise sometimes — breaks easily.

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